Tim Gill

Independent Scholar, Writer and Consultant (Rethinking Childhood)

London, UK

Tim Gill is a global advocate for children’s outdoor play and mobility, and an independent scholar, writer and consultant. He is the author of No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society (which the New York Times called “a handbook for the movement for freer, riskier play”) and Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities (RIBA Publications, 2021). He has presented in over 20 countries across five continents.


A former director of the Children’s Play Council (now Play England), Tim is a Design Council Built Environment Expert, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading. He is a Churchill Fellow, and holds degrees from Oxford and London Universities, and an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University.


Tim is on the international editorial board for the journal Children’s Geographies, and is a founding patron of the UK Forest School Association. His website is www.rethinkingchildhood.com.

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